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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing. Barrel Blending by Matt Bonney and Matt Vandenberghe of Bottleworks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle from Kevin. Thx. The pour is muddy orangish brown with an inch high white head. The aroma is nice and fruite and differs between young honey melon and peaches. Pretty sour indeed with a hint of lactic notes. First in your mouth it has a really nice gueuze taste with a nicely balanced and nuanced taste between sour and sweet notes. The mouthfeel is medium with a finish that are somehow narrow with some bitterness, pineapple and hints of malt. Nice and darn fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
In short: An intense (VERY intense) leathery, acidic and sour ale. Great stuff even if a little too intense.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when a little over 1 year of age. Sent to me by after4ever, thanks a whole lot Tom
The look: Cloudy golden body topped by a small beige head
In long: Fantastic nose. Very rustic, very sharp, very wild bretty, almost like a real lambic. Taste is very intense, lots of leather, acidic grapefruits, sour cherries, lots of lactic acid, cheese, puckering tannins, wood, vinegar, fruit salad. Very intense, I could have downed a Cantillon Gueuze faster than I downed that bottle. Took me almost an hour to drink the bottle. The nose is fantastic, the taste is fantastic, but the whole thing is not fantastic. The beer is just too intensely leathery and sour. It is overall ‘just’ excellent. I hope I don’t sound like a little wimp because I complain a beer is too intense. It’s bad enough that I look and act like one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Hazy ruddy pour. The nose is incredible. Rich and fruity with loads of bright cherry character. Very funky and tart with a long lingering lactic finish. There is a kiss of wheat malt contribution on the back that I actually quite enjoy. Sweet/sour, funky/delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Draft @ Big Wood ’09; clear copper with slight white head; lovely tartness and fruity sourness; nice barnyard funk with acidic green apples and pears; bready, fruity and raw; smooth, almost silky texture with that nice sour dullness; pretty tasty and much more so than I remember at the original release

Initial notes (3.8) – Draft @ Brouwer’s Bottleworks X release party; dark orange with thin white head; cheese, apples and lemons on the nose; quite sharp and sour on frist sip with lemony sour and mild oaky sweetness; nice and cheesy, but hard to drink next HOTD Matt that’s for sure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Rating #1300. tap at brouwer’s sour fest. pours a murky, dirty, muddy brown with a small beige head. moderate lactic sourness, lemon. some light dirty hay muddied funk. plastic leather funkiness. sour lactic creamy maple yogurt sourness. pretty acidic. my description might sound a little messy, but this was quite good. would drink this again in a heart beat. complex, interesting, tasty beer. awesome stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Huge thanks to tex for this in a trade well over a yr ago! A-Body is a very foggy, nearly, opaque, dark, dingy, amber hue. Pours with a one finger nearly off-white head and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass. S- Overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet. Apricot, peach, oak, vanilla, slight acidic tartness, slight vinegar, funky brett- pear, apple. T- Flavor profile is moderate in strength and leans toward being more sour than balanced-but is very complex. The acidic tartness is the highlight but does not mask what is beneath it. Flavors of lemon, vanilla,bready yeast and oak are in the background-and apple and pear deep in the background. The sourness goes on and on but a some mild oak and a hint of vanilla linger as well. P- Moderate tingly carbonation, with a medium weight yeasty, and very smooth consistency. O- This is an awesome sour. Good complexity to it. Lots of tartness with a nice sweet background. One of my favorite of the style so far- too bad this is a one time release! Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2010
On tap at Brouwers during Sour Fest 2010. A hazy brown color with almost no head. The aroma is huge sour wood and fruits. A wonderful dry tart flavor, smooth and fruity. Very sour cherry and brown ale flavors, rich and very nice. One of my favorite’s that day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 Bottle thanks to Sara!
Hazy tan-nut with a fizzy white head. Nose of pear, light cardboard, lemon, and vinegar. Balanced flavor that is front-palate heavy with cherry, lemon, and more acetic acid. Lightly fizzy carbonation allows for a generally creamy experience, and the empty mid-palate highlights the bone-dry finish that lingers with a light touch of vinegar and lemon. More malt would be appreciated, but this is nicely balanced and has a particularly intriguing palate.

12/11/2011 - Next to Falling Rock 10th and Twisted Spoke. By comparison, tepid honey, nonead in oily body. Brown sugar nose, light acetone, chocolate, cherry. Flavor is egg, acetone, moderate cherry with acetic, heavy through the finish. Thin, sticky, acetic. Easily weakest of the three, probably 3.1-3.3 range now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Got to try a bit of this at the, "hannont" pre Fred Fest tasting on May 8th. Colour... cloudy golden-orange with no head. Nose... acetic, yet still quite fruity. Palate... frothy up front, and quite tangy with loads of lemon zest and pith, grapefruit pulp, yeast and quince.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
A-dark hazy amber color with a dense fluffy off white head and thick lace S-light notes of funk right up front, acetic acid, sour apple and pear notes, earthy wood. T-taste in quite balanced, sour apple, notes of pear, acetic, touch of woodiness, hints of spice, nice sourness in the finish. M-great feel, soft and prickly, medium to full with a nice level of carbonation that holds throughout but allows the flavors to really show. D-this has a great complexity mixing acetic flavors with good sweetness and nice light wood tones. very well done.

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